New Milford Hospital is excited to announce that it now offers breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, also known as 3D mammography, at the Women’s Imaging Center at New Milford Hospital. Breast tomosynthesis is a breakthrough new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer.
The new 3D technology provides a clearer, more precise view compared to the traditional digital mammography that takes two-dimensional images. It allows radiologists to see through layers of tissue to better examine areas of concern.
The Women’s Imaging Center’s Selenia® Dimensions® breast tomosynthesis system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. The system provides exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design and a screening platform that is designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.
“With this latest technology in breast imaging and a highly trained staff, we remain committed to providing the most advanced screening and diagnostic methods and quality care to the community,” said Dr. Valerie L. Staradub, director, Breast Care Program, Western Connecticut Health Network.
“We are excited to implement this new, state-of-the-art technology that has the potential to detect breast cancer earlier so treatment begins sooner,” said Dr. Barbara Blanco, medical director, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital Breast Imaging and Women’s Imaging Centers. “The new equipment is able to better visualize invasive cancers that may have been missed previously because of overlapping or dense best tissue.”
Breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography screening is similar to a traditional mammogram. During the screening, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. Images are produced in a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
Studies conducted on 3D mammography have demonstrated an increase in overall breast cancer detection over 2D imaging along. Most importantly, it has improved detection of invasive breast carcinomas by approximately 40 percent. Additionally, the number of callbacks for additional imaging has decreased by as much as 30-40 percent, resulting in decreased anxiety and inconvenience to patients.
“New Milford Hospital continues its commitment to provide superior clinical and compassionate care within our local community” said Thomas Koobatian, M.D., Executive Director & Chief of Staff. “This invaluable new 3D mammography technology for breast cancer screening will have a positive impact in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.”
Western Connecticut Health Network’s Breast Care Program, inclusive of services at both Danbury and New Milford hospitals, is recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and is part of the cancer network that is Approved with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, for maintaining the highest standards for quality in cancer care.
To schedule a mammogram, please call the Centralized Contact Center at (203) 739-4999.
About Western Connecticut Health Network Oncology Services
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s leading provider of cancer care services. Danbury Hospital Praxair Cancer Center, New Milford Hospital Diebold Cancer Center and Norwalk Hospital Whittingham Cancer Center are nationally accredited as Comprehensive Care Programs by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The Centers are the recipients of “Accreditation with Commendation” from the Commission on Cancer which recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary quality care to cancer patients.
At Western Connecticut Health Network, our patients and their families receive an exceptional level of care and support in a compassionate environment, close to home. Our multidisciplinary care team includes experienced medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, fellowship trained surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, oncology nurses, and a geneticist, along with our nurse and patient navigators. Patients also have access to clinical trials.
About Western Connecticut Health NetworkWestern Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit our websites: www.danburyhospital.org; www.newmilfordhospital.org; and www.norwalkhospital.org
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